New Interstellar Trailer, Finally More "Fi" Than "Sci"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm


Walking monoliths! Upside-down mountains! Static waterfalls! Alien planet stuff!

Also: lens flares, and gratuitous mention of drones. Still, leaning positive and looking less dull and sappy than its predecessors.

An 8th Grader Turns His Math Homework Into Star Wars

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Miscellaneous, Movies
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Reader Bob S. writes in: "My son's homework was to make an algebraic expression into a word problem...this is the end result with zero input from me."


That the 13 year-old kid knows his Shadows of the Empire references is what impresses me the most.

The Latest Lego Batman 3 Playable Character Is...Lego Kevin Smith

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys, Video Games
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm


I hear that if you play as him and completely fail at the game, you get to make Lego Clerks 3.

And you can only build things out of Star Wars pieces.


Twilight to be the Aptly Named Mr. Burns

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Yes, the vice-chairman of Lionsgate is named Mr. Burns. And he is just as nefarious as his alter-ego, having greenlit five Twilight short films that will be debuting on...Facebook.

"This is the just the beginning -- a template, if you will," Mr. Burns added. "You can probably guess what might be coming next."
I sure can. You'll twiddle your fingers and go "Ehhhhhxcellent." Then you'll block out the sun.

Smithers will enjoy seeing more of Edward Cullen, though, I'm sure.

Legs on Angry Birds = Flames on Optimus?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, Video Games
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm


Yes, that is the first still from the Angry Birds movie starring Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Keegan-Michael Key, Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell and Danielle Brooks .

"We heard limbs and dialogue were all the rage in modern animation so we went all in. Not just one, but all of our characters have legs and wings! Except for the pigs, that is," added Blanca Juti, Rovio chief marketing officer.
So, what you're saying is we'll get a good Angry Birds movie...


...when pigs fly?


h/t SlyDante777

I Saw Some of Ridley Scott's Exodus, and You Didn't Miss Much

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm


We've got the new trailer for it below, so you can just skip ahead if you don't want any spoilers on the Moses story everybody in Judeo-Christendom pretty much knows backwards and forwards. But yesterday, I got to see quite a bit more, including scenes from throughout the entire film.

I'm not exactly on the edge of my seat waiting for the rest...

GIVEAWAY: Adult Deluxe Stormtrooper Costume From

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Movies
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11:30 am


There are many, many possibilities with a Stormtrooper costume (Blaster not included). You could wear it plain. Switching out the helmet is an option. Add a pauldron and cover yourself in dirt to be a Sandtrooper. Paint it black and add tubes to pilot a TIE. Cannibalize bits of the armor to add to your Clone Wars Jedi outfit. If you have any skills whatsoever, you can get more than one Halloween's worth out of this.

It's been a while since we've had a meme contest, so let's do that. It's pretty simple - you find an image online, mess with it as much or as little as you want, then use a site like memegenerator to put a smartass slogan on top of it, and post your creation in comments below. The only rule this time is that the image must contain, in some form, a Stormtrooper or Clonetrooper variant (also it must be SFW - no Nudetroopers please!). Open to all U.S. residents; Canadians can win this time, but will be responsible for their own shipping costs. In the event the winner's chosen size is sold out, Purecostumes reserves the right to substitute a prize of similar value.

You have until next Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2014 at noon. May you have better luck than a real Stormtrooper.

The Vinyl Judgment! Designer Judge Dredd Figure Is More Comic Than Urban

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 10:00 am


Despite what Karl Urban appears to think, you're not likely to see his Dredd on the big screen again, nor any officially licensed toys based on his version. But a little thing like an underperforming film isn't going to stop Dredd from coming to toy shelves, even if he has to get a little stylized to do it. Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this Mega-City One enforcer has comic-accurate colors and a physique more befitting his debut appearances (albeit not explaining how he manages to lug those huge shoulder pads around).

Unbox Industries' Judge Dredd will feature articulation at his wrists and mid-thighs, and is currently in the final stages of testing, because the law needs no flaw.

Try customizing one with a removable helmet just to piss off the purists.

New Comic Book Day: An Alleged Diversity Hire

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

Oh, hi there. I'm Charles and I'll be passive aggressively complaining-explaining comics today.

"Complanxing," if you will.

Not that there's much to complain about: Jason Aaron kicks off a newThor arc introducing the female incarnation of the character (albeit slowly) - plus, the dude's got his own creator-owned book, Men of Wrath, out this week. Alright, that last one I'm a little iffy on because of the sheer "high concept for the sake of getting adapted into a screenplay"-ness of it, but more Jason Aaron comics remain alright by me.

Moreover! DC makes a big fuss about the New Gods in the busily-titled Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1, Batman does a little actual detectin' in Detective Comics, Finn's still dealing with a little memory loss over in Adventure Time, and Ricky Rouse Has a Gun takes home the prize for title of the week.

The 10 Most WTF Moments From Fantastic Fest's 2014 Movies

By Fred Topel in Daily Lists, Movies
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 6:00 am


Some of us are satisfied with the nerdery Hollywood provides us. Marvel movies are great, we've got another Star Wars saga to look forward to and the Wachowskis keep making crazy movies. For others, HBO's Game of Thrones is as edgy as we need to get. A few, however, need to search the depths of the cinematic fringes for something we've never seen before. The problem is it takes a lot to top the previous 117 years of cinema; at this point we're talking about the cinematic equivalent of autoerotic asphyxiation.

Proceed to the rest of this article at your own risk. Mildly NSFW images ahead.